Cambridge University Press

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Cambridge University Press (or CUP) is the publishing business of the University of Cambridge. Granted letters patent by Henry VIII in 1534, it is the world's oldest continually operating book publisher.

The Press’s mission is to “To further through publication the University’s objective of advancing learning, knowledge and research worldwide.” This mission is laid out in ‘Statute J’ in the University of Cambridge’s Statutes and Ordinances.[1] The Press's objective is "To operate sustainably for the public benefit a publishing programme that upholds the integrity of the Cambridge name."

Cambridge University Press is both an academic and educational publisher, with a regional structure operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the Americas, and Asia-Pacific. Its publishing includes professional books, textbooks, monographs, reference works, around 240 academic journals, Bibles and prayer books, English Language Teaching publications, educational software, and electronic publishing.

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Governance

The Press has, since 1698, been governed by the Press ‘Syndics’ (originally known as the 'Curators'),[2] made up of 18 senior academics from the University of Cambridge who represent a wide variety of subjects.[3] The Syndicate has two main sub-committees: the Publishing Committee and the Finance Committee. The Publishing Committee provide quality assurance and formal approval for the titles to be published and meets 18 times a year to review editorial and publishing strategy matters. The Finance Committee is concerned with financial and governance strategy and meets four times a year. The Press Syndicate meets in the Pitt Building, which is the old headquarters of the Press located in Cambridge city centre.[2] The operational responsibility of the Press is delegated by the Syndics to the Press’s Chief Executive and six Officers, including a Finance Director.

The Press is a department of the University of Cambridge; it has no shareholders and is entirely self-financing. It is a not-for-profit organisation; any surplus is used to develop the publishing programme and to support the University.[4]

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